UPDATED: Friday, April 13, 2012 - 8:54am
The FDA has mandated that all cigarette companies put new graphic labels on their packs. But some say the addiction will keep smokers buying, no matter what is on the packaging.
"People who smoke are gonna keep buying cigarettes regardless of the price or regardless, regardless of what kind of signs are on there," Chris Solis, a local said.
Five cigarette companies are suing the FDA saying the labels voilate their 1st Amendement rights. But will it effect consumers?
"I really don't think no matter what the fda is gonna put on the wrapper is gonna sway people from smoking. They're gonna keep doing it no matter what happens," Jade Hunt said.
While higher prices, written warnings and graphic images may not sway current smokers from buying, one local man said it may keep cigarette companies from enticing new smokers.
"It'll change a lot of things. You know, for a chronic smoker, someone who's been smoking for years and years, maybe not so much. But for an 18, 16 year old who's wanting to maybe fit in and they get passed that pack of cigarettes with a graphic image, yeah, it could definitely change their minds," Stevan Hull of Central Texas Urgent Care said.
Because of the mandate we could be seeing graphic photos on cigarette packs, but as for the lawsuit, only time will tell.